PM’s Big Announcement: Bharat Ratna For Two Former PMs Charan Singh, PV Narasimha Rao

The former PM's Chaudhary Charan Singh and PV Narasimha Rao have been honoured with Bharat Ratna.

The former PM’s Chaudhary Charan Singh and PV Narasimha Rao have been honoured with Bharat Ratna.

Agriculture scientist and father of Green Revolution, Dr MS Swaminathan is also being honoured with Bharat Ratna

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday announced Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian award of the nation, for former Prime Ministers PV Narasimha Rao, Chaudhary Charan Singh and agricultural scientist Dr MS Swaminathan.


Announcing former PM Narasimha Rao’s Bharat Ratna, PM Modi said that his leadership and vision were “key” in making “India economically advanced, laying a solid foundation for the country’s prosperity and growth”.

“Narasimha Rao Garu’s tenure as Prime Minister was marked by significant measures that opened India to global markets, fostering a new era of economic development,” he added.

Following the announcement, Rao’s grandson, NV Subhash spoke to CNN-News18 and said, “we are very honoured that he got Bharat Ratna.”

Subhash extended his gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi that he recognised the great work of Narasimha Rao.

“I blame the UPA government, especially the Gandhi family for not giving Bharat Ratna to Narasimha Rao,” Subhash added. He accused Congress of “consistently insulting Narasimha Rao”.


Taking to the microblogging site X, PM Modi wrote, “It is the good fortune of our government that former Prime Minister of the country Chaudhary Charan Singh is being honored with Bharat Ratna.”

The prime minister said that the honour is dedicated to Charan Singh’s “incomparable contribution to the country”. The former PM had dedicated his entire life to the “rights and welfare of farmers”.

“Be it the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh or the Home Minister of the country and even as an MLA, he always gave impetus to nation building. He also stood firm against the Emergency. His dedication to our farmer brothers and sisters and his commitment to democracy during the Emergency is inspiring to the entire nation,” PM Modi wrote in his post on X.


In recognition of his “monumental contributions” to the nation in “agriculture and farmers’ welfare”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that Dr MS Swaminathan is being conferred the Bharat Ratna.

“He played a pivotal role in helping India achieve self-reliance in agriculture during challenging times and made outstanding efforts towards modernizing Indian agriculture. We also recognise his invaluable work as an innovator and mentor and encouraging learning and research among several students,” PM Modi wrote.

The prime minister noted that he closely knew Swaminathan and always “valued his insights and inputs”.

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